For all of my (probably very irritating) talk lately about how much I heart winter, I can’t say that it wasn’t a joy to wake up this morning, step outside, feel the sun on my face, and realize that it was nearly 70 degrees in New Orleans. I’m here in Crescent City visiting my bestie, Chloe, and her husband, Knud. My trips here are always really special–not only a chance to spend quality time with people I love, but also a chance to enjoy this wonderful, unique city. I’ve been snapping lots of photos and making some tasty food today, so I’ll have some recaps soon. For now, though, weekend reading.
A recipe that hints at the coming of spring! I loved this minty pea and potato salad at Vegalicious.
…But if you’re still in winter comfort food mode, Isa’s vibrant black eyed pea curry looks incredible.
Finally, I am so intrigued by Rika’s bok choy and shiitake mushrooms with gochujang vinaigrette–like all of her recipes, it sounds intensely flavorful (and is lovely to look at).
1. I had never heard of mendahen until I read this very illuminating and somewhat troubling article about the fish that is caught more than any other, by volume, in the continental United States by volume (and are used widely in Omega-3 fish oil supplements.
2. Props to Keri Kronin for writing about a growing trend of taxidermy in restaurants and stores. Unfortunately, this blatant celebration of the objectification of animals seems to be increasingly hip (it somehow reminds me of another trend I’ve seen, which is for young, popular restauranteurs to be posing with dead animal hides or carcasses in their arms). The article, featured on Our Hen House, is direct and insightful.
3. An article about refusal of doctors to give transplant organs to HIV patients. It’s wrapped around the story of Lamont Valentin, a 29-year-old man who was born with HIV in 1984, and was refused a lung transplant to manage his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sad, and forceful.
4. Short, useful explanation of hyponatremia, also known as water overdose. The condition, which results from severely excessive hydration, can be fatal.
5. I loved Laika Magazine’s interview with Kathy Stevens, of Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Kathy (whom I’ve met at a few speaking events/conferences is a tireless activist and animal rescuer, but she is also very dedicated to helping to draw out and foster compassion for animals among children. The article focuses on her work in this arena. A small excerpt:
…we’re an emergency rescue organization, but just as importantly, we’re a center to open hearts and minds—a place where people get kissed by cows in one moment, and in the next learn the horrifying realities of the beef and dairy industries. Epiphanies happen every weekend. A 2,500 pound steer licks a man’s face just as he’s learning why that steer is so huge, and how virtually all of the steer’s friends were killed either shortly after birth or at a few months of age. The steer and I are a…team: I present the disturbing realities of animal agriculture, the steer, acting just like a loving puppy does, forces the man to question a whole lot of assumptions. We encourage him to grow beyond his cultural conditioning.
It’s the same with children. In terms of our programming for them, our intention is to encourage the goodness that’s already in them, just as it was for the man and the steer. Our age-appropriate curriculum rewards and celebrates children’s compassion, commitment, and courage. It says, “You love animals?! We do, too!! What a great job you’re doing for them! Here’s how you can do even more for your animal friends!”
What a nice way to sum up the power of animal sanctuaries in general. It brought me back to my own very powerful experience at Woodstock FAS a few years ago (and the beginnings of my involvement with animal rights).
Hope you enjoy the reading, of course. I’ll check back from the Big Easy soon.
Things I love: winter. Waking up to thick flurries of snow. Chatting with my bestie. Texting with JL. Making soup. Midday multitasking between horror movies and work. Licorice tea. In basically every way, it has been a picture perfect Sunday. Here’s my selection of food and words for you this week. These chocolate chestnut mousse tarts with shortbread crust look absolutely insane. They’re so beautiful, I’d be almost sorry to eat one, but Ricki, if you feel like bringing a batch over, I’ll…
Happy Sunday, all! Thanks for your kind words about the new blog look. I’m delighted that you guys like it, and to those of you who were accustomed to the old look, and miss it, don’t worry: we’ll all adjust soon! There are still some small wrinkles being ironed out on the site, so if anything isn’t working, you can count on it being fixed soon (and if you notice that something’s still funky by the end of this week, holler and I’ll…
I’m sorry I didn’t get to Weekend Reading yesterday, friends — the time got away from me! But this gives me a chance both to share some enticing links and to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick’s day. Perhaps you can celebrate with one of these five dishes.
This is the final installment of weekend reading for 2013. This little series is one of my favorite blog developments of the year! It has certainly made me a better and more avid reader of news, and it has also helped me to reconnect with food blog reading and recipe gazing (which I missed). I look forward to more of these posts in the new year. This harissa stew with purple sweet potatoes from Vegan Miam looks incredible. I made a lot of…